ABOVE: Alan Ward is interviewed after his speech at the NALS conference
The term ‘rogue landlord’ should not be used, the chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has said.
Instead, Alan Ward urged that the word ‘criminal’ should be correctly applied – and they should be treated as criminals, with many more prosecutions.
Speaking at the conference of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), Ward also said that today’s landlords are faced with several challenges.
He picked out localism as creating chaos around the country, with different local authorities adopting different policies, notably on selective licensing schemes.
He also said that 31 cities had used Article 4 Directions in order to control the number of Houses in Multiple Occupation. This, he said, was no more than discrimination against young people.
He also said that over-cautious lending and ‘over-priced mortgages’ were a barrier to landlords investing. He pointed out that fees for mortgages are four or five times what they were a few years ago.